Organic And Greener Products

Tiny House Northeast loves organic and sustainable materials! If you want the most healthy building materials possible we will accommodate you gladly. But note that organic does not always mean "sustainable". For example, if you purchase organic joghurt in 6 tiny plastic containers instead of one large one, this isn't a sustainable practice. The plastic containers are petroleum based as was the fuel to make it (and how pure can it be once it's been poured into a plastic container?). There is a longer view in sustainable building practices.

Same thing with some organic insulation: if your insulation will rot, mildew, shrink or in other ways compromise keeping the moisture out and heat - or cold - in the house, then that material is probably not sustainable. Longevity is part of the sustainable equation.

If a natural or recycled product is of the utmost importance even though its longevity is limited, we will use what you request based on your ability to find it for us and fund it. We are pleased to do it! But the replacement, as with anything in the tiny house, is the responsibility of the tiny building owner.

Here a are a few examples of materials you can request for a healthier environment in your tiny house and Earth. They may be more or less expensive than our standards, which are listed in parentheses:

  • No VOC paint (low VOC)
  • Reclaimed wood materials for built-ins and counters (new wood; local northeast lumber or US resourced lumber)
  • Compost toilet, noting you must have a enough space to dispose of humanure compost-in-progress in your yard where it stays for 2 years until it is garden-ready. There are normally no sanitary locations in urban areas where there is enough space to compost humanure. (RV/marine style toilet with holding tank).

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